Coates Wedding by Kendall Whiteley


We are thrilled to FINALLY share Chris & Heather’s wedding day with you guys! **cue “this is what dreams are made” of by Hilary Duff* Some of you may follow fashion blogger Heather Poppie (if not, check out her blog here). If you do, you know she is a lovely woman inside & out + a perfect fit to guest blog for HER wedding for us! Enjoy an insight from the bride herself while reliving her perfect wedding day through our images. XOXO T&K

“For our wedding, we wanted to it be simple, earthy, and most importantly, a reflection of us. I have always loved the look of a whimsical, ethereal wedding - my wedding Pinterest board shows all organic, simple yet elegant ideas! I have always been drawn to blush, sage, and navy blue. Something about those colors are so beautiful to me so of course, we incorporated them into our wedding day. It was such a beautiful thing to see all our ideas come to life. I think the most important thing was making sure our wedding felt like us. I had a very specific vision when it came to the overall aesthetic of our wedding, but we really wanted to have little elements that people could say, “Oh this is totally Heather and Chris.” I really couldn’t have dreamt up a more perfect day. We were beyond lucky to have the best vendors and team to help put together our dream day and I am so excited to gush about everyone we worked with below to you all!”

TALENTED VENDORS- VENUE | The Quarry Knoxville // COORDINATOR | Marvyl-Team Wedding // Design | Lindsey Boling-The Quarry // HAIR | Claudia Moore // FLORIST | LB Floral DRESS | Posh Bridal Nashville // DRESSES | Bella Bridesmaids // Veil | Sara Gabriel // SUITS | The Black Tux // SHOES | Sam Edelman // CATERING | Bradford Catering // DRINKS | The Pour Guys // DJ | Sam Lenox // RENTALS | All Occasion Party Rentals // VIDEO | Haven Media // SIGNS | Happily Ever Etched // RING BOX | The Mrs Box // RIBBON- Frou Frou Chic

Morris Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

When we met Mckenzie & Nathan we just KNEW that we would fall in love with them. They are the cutest, sweetest, and kindest couple on the planet. Their love story is on for the books. They met in high school, and started dating their senior year. They have been together ever sense. (Yes, high school sweethearts still exist!) After 3 perfect years, Nathan knew Mckenzie was the one. He got down on one knee in February and asked Mckenzie to be his wife. She may have been in her PJs but she, of course, said YES.  We could not wait to document their special day!

Held at The Mill & Mine in downtown Knoxville, Mckenzie & Nathan’s wedding day a perfect mix of romantic & urban + earthy & boho vibes.They chose not to see each other prior to the ceremony because Mckenzie knew Nathan would cry AND HE DID! Everyone loved Mckenzies look- she was such an effortless beauty. We were not surprised since she is an amazing stylist at Salon Visage. Their wedding day was full of delicate details, the most stunning florals, and SO.MANY.SMILES. We were able to take Mr & Mrs Morris for sunset portraits (highly recommend doing this!!) on the bridge near The Mill & Mine, overlooking the city/ It was the perfect ending to the most perfect day. We can not wait to see this beautiful couple grow together + have many many years of happiness together.

VENUE | Mill & Mine  // COORDINATOR | Lindsay Wright // HAIR | Priscilla Brown- Salon Visage //  MAKEUP | Bekah Ruckart-Salon Visage // FLORIST | Wade Floral Co // DRESS | White Lace & Promises + David’s Bridal // SUITS | Men’s Warehouse // CAKE | Publix // CATERING | Buddy’s BBQ // RENTALS | All Occasion Party Rentals

Leclair Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

“When two cultures combine.”

Aside from being incredibly cute together, Kiyomi & Matt have a super adorable (& very modern) love story. They actually met through an app! Kiyomi was out of the country when Matt made his first move, so she never saw it! Luckily, he was persistent. When she got back and saw the messages, they hit it off! The rest is history.  After their engagement session, we started counting down the days until their wedding day which was to be held in South Carolina. It did not disappoint-see for yourself!

This wedding was one for the books. Full of culture & history, love & laughter, and such a unique way of mixing friends & family. Kiyomi & Matt live in Atlanta but chose to host their wedding weekend in South Carolina. The chose Larkins on the River on Main Street, in the heart of Greenville and it was a perfect choice! Larkins on the River offers such a unique style- a historic, earthy, and open venue plopped right in the city. The ceremony was held on September 7 in the cutest alley with simple decor and an urban feel.. Kiyomi & Matt decided to host only immediate family for their traditional ceremony which made the ceremony even more special. On September 8, ALL friends & family were invited to The Wyche Pavilion to celebrate together!

Our favorite part of the whole weekend was learning about Kiyomi + her families traditions & culture. Kiyomi chose to wear her family’s kimono during her ceremony. It’s over 100 years old, hand-made with the finest detailing, embroidered with her family crest, and simply holds so much value to her family. We loved learning about this tradition and seriously, how STUNNING does Kiyomi look in it?!

VENUE | Larkins on the River // COORDINATOR | Jennifer Riehle // HAIR | Melissa Aubil-Cotton Rouge & Company // MAKEUP | Cotton Rouge & Company // FLORIST | Larkins on the River DRESS | BHLDN // SUITS | Suit Supply // SHOES | Macy’s //CAKE | The Donut Experience  ENTERTAINMENT | The Cody Matlock Band

Zurcher Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

“Hot summer nights. Mid July. When you and I were forever wild.”

We are excited to finally share Ara & Chad’s wedding day today. It’s in the 60s today here in TN, but when this perfect wedding took place it was mid July + summer was in full bloom. Unlike their engagement session (which was rainy and cold!), their wedding day was full of sunshine! We hope you guys enjoy reliving it through our images. 

The day was full of SO much love, tears. laughter, belly-laughs, funny face competitions, and lots of dancing!!!! When we think about “two peas in a pod” we immediately think of Ara & Chad because that’s exactly what they area. They chose to see each other before the ceremony (y’all know how much we adore first-looks!) and we’re so glad they did! Ara & Chad both felt such a relief after seeing each other and couldn’t think of anything else but finally getting married. The ceremony was held by the lake and was everything they could’ve ever dreamed of. We are so grateful to have clients who are THIS much in love-it makes for an even more special day. ️

Coordinating // Windsor & Willow | Venue // Tellico Tacht & Country Club | Florist // Lisa Foster Hair // Claudia Moore | MUA // Tori Stewart | DJ // Corey Ozair | Dress // Loveliest Bridal | Cake // Gail’s Cakes | Shoes // DSW | Bridesmaids Dresses | Pronovias | Tuxedos // Jos. A Banks | Paper Goods // Wallace Paper | Rentals // All Occasions Rentals | Photo Booth // Ogle Entertainment | Transportation // Chariots of Hire | Video // Something Goode Videography

Roy Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

"The best relationships usually begin unexpectedly." Neither Hannah nor Josh could have ever expected to find their soul mates when their parents set them when they were just FOURTEEN. They always say mother knows best! 

We have seen so many wonderful couples over the years but none have seemed SO incredibly connected like Hannah & Josh. They are truly soul mates and they literally compliment each other perfectly. When we met these two for coffee a few months back, there was an immediate friendship between us all! Hannah is a chatter-box, like Kendall, and Josh is more reserved, like Tyler (also Josh & Tyler are way taller than us girls but hey, we don't care! :P). We could not wait to start documenting their love and learning more about their life together. When it came time for their wedding in June, we were over the moon excited to photograph it!

Hannah & Josh chose to do a first look together-it was THE sweetest! Hannah was the most gorgeous bride there ever was and Josh, of course, agreed! Hannah & Josh’s ceremony was held at the church they attend together. After the “i dos” and the happy tears, the reception was held at Rothchild’s. After all of those years of being together, growing up together, sharing good times & bad times together, they can finally say they are MARRIED! (Ps. they both agree that it was worth the wait!)

VENDORS- Venue // Rothchild Events | Coordinator // Team Wedding-Ashton Rummage | Hair/Makeup // Bliss Salon, Shear Grace & Glam House Studios | Florist // Motts Floral Design | DJ // Philip Mobile DJ | Dress // The Gilded Gown | Tuxedos // The Black Tux | Paper goods // Minted | Rentals // Event Rentals by Rothchild | Catering // Rothchild

T&A by Kendall Whiteley

“As soon as I saw you, I knew you would be an adventure of a lifetime”

You guys know we love going on adventures with our couples-its like the best thing ever. When Trissa told us she wanted to go to Max Patch to watch the sun set together, we were SO pumped. When we first met Trissa, we knew we would love her, but this session only confirmed what we already knew! We hiked, laughed (and laughed and laughed and laughed!), danced, screamed, and ended the session with watching the sunset together. Trissa & Austin truly felt like old friends. It was so wonderful to get to know them in such an amazing setting. They are a match made in heaven YALL! They love tattoos, dogs, being silly, and most importantly each other. Austin looks at Trissa the way every girl dreams of-with love and passion (I mean shes flippin gorgeous, so we do not blame him). He could not keep his hands off her either! :P

We can not wait to document their wedding day in April! They will be getting married at The Barn at Faith Farms. If their wedding day is anything like their engagement session, it will be the best.

Cassi by Kendall Whiteley

“Take pride in how far you have come & have faith and how far you can go.”

We photograph seniors all the time but when we get to photograph a senior that’s in OUR  family, it’s so much more special. Cassandra, or Cassi as we call her, is Tyler’s little sister. She currently attends Hardin Valley High and is insanely smart & beautiful! We are so proud of all she has accomplished but still can’t believe she’s almost 18! (time slow down please) She has a great plan for the her future so remember her face, you’ll be seeing it when she’s famous! :P

Cassi is seriously SO gorgeous and we are not just saying that because shes family. She is truly beautiful, like her momma, and it comes so effortlessly. Cassi did her own hair/makeup too! Doesnt she look stunning?! We went back and forth all week about what outfits she should wear + loved the planning process with her. We has too much fun with it all.

We chose to take Cassi to Craggy Gardens, our favorite Mountain View in North Carolina. Tyler & Cassi’s momma even came with us to see her kiddos in action. We hiked to the top, watched the sun set, and JUST missed the storm that was rolling in. It was the best day ever. 

C&E by Kendall Whiteley


We met Caitlin & Ethan last year to discuss wedding day plans + shoot their engagement session. We loved every minute of it and were pumped when Caitlin wanted to do another engagement session before the big day! She wanted a cozy, snuggly in-home session so we invited them into our our apartment! We laughed, danced, drank, snuggled, and documented their sweet sweet love. Seriously though, our job was TOO easy because they are effortlessly the cutest. (And can we talk about how STUNNING Caitlin is?!) We loved being able to relax and let Caitlin & Ethan simply enjoy each other. In-home sessions are the BEST!

Doing this fun session just got us even more excited to shoot their wedding day! They will be getting married on Tyler’s birthday (dont worry, they promised us cake :P) in December at Brother’s Cove in Sevierville. We are counting down the days!

L&A by Kendall Whiteley

Our original engagement day plans with Lindsey & Aaron were ruined by the crazy and unpredictable Tennessee weather. We reschedule for Friday the 13th (I KNOW!) and just crossed our fingers. We got THE prettiest sunset, the best weather, and much much more. Sometimes life happens and you just roll with it! 

We met Lindsey & Aaaron to discuss their wedding day plans and immediate felt a connection. We found so many similarities in our relationships as we started getting to know one another. Lindsey is a new wedding/lifestyle photographer herself (she is amazing, you should check her out!) and Aaron sometimes tags along to her sessions. They have been together 5 years just like us. Even the start of their relationship was similar to ours. During those 5 years, they have grown together, matured together and experienced this crazy world together. They are both HUGE into fitness and athletic training and have connected over their love for staying active. They both have this infectious energy that makes you want to smile! We immediately knew these two would be lifelong friends. 

We were SO glad that Lindsey & Aaron wanted to incorporate their love for the outdoors in their engagement session. I mean Aaron proposed on their tropical vacation so they HAD to go somewhere amazing for their engagement pictures! We hiked to the top of Max Patch Mountain while these two loved & laughed with each other during the sunset. To say we are excited about their wedding day is an understatement. We can not wait to see these two become Mr & Mrs at The Knoxville Botanical Gardens in October! 

Forstrom Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

We are so excited to share this wedding with you guys. We have our own client, the beautiful bride Samantha, guest-blogging this perfect day! Here is real bride Samantha's wonderful insight on HER BEST.DAY.EVER.

As a brand new fiancée, I wanted everything to be perfect and to have it all figured it out. I realized it’s okay to not have all the answers or not know what you want just yet. I learned a lot about the planning process by struggling. I was forced to ask myself, “okay why are you really getting married?” Once I realized that I was getting married to be with the love of my life all day everyday, I was a brand new person. My priorities completely changed and Lucas got really involved. It was OUR wedding and we wanted to plan it together. Our focus was the experience. We didn’t compromise on what we wanted and we were so happy with everything. Our constant smiles and happiness showed, and that made our families happy.We wanted our guest to be a part of something they had never experienced before. Our goal was to have our guest saying “wow! We have never been to a wedding like that!!!” The inspiration for our vision was each other's lives. I come from a Mexican Catholic background, but mine and Lucas’ upbringing  happened in Knoxville/Oak Ridge. We wanted to incorporate that as much as we could. Even better, it was all bilingual! I felt this was especially important to us, because we didn’t want anyone to feel left out! We were all one big happy family! I can’t put into words how much love I felt that day.

The most important thing to us while planning was making sure we stayed true to ourselves. It’s so easy to get caught up in bridal world, yes it’s a place. Magical, but slightly terrifying. We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our love, relationship, and personalities. We really wanted to include our culture as well as our upbringing. I wanted a traditional mexican catholic wedding, but add some 90s R&B, and country music in the mix, along with as Lucas likes to say “bangerz”! Because that’s us. Our wedding was the perfect mix of Lucas and I. I couldn’t believe that our love brought so many people together. Everywhere I looked that day, I saw happy tears! it was seriously the most perfect day! On our wedding we have 30 states, and 7 different countries represented. How special is that?

VENDORS- Ceremony //  Sacred Heart Cathedral | Reception // Capitol Theater | Coordinator // Peggy with Heels & Veils | Florist // Melissa Timms Designs | Hair // Meaghan Emig | Makeup // Katie Hill Makeup | Cake // Art of Cakes | Videographer // Something Goode | Caterer // Portrillos | Wedding Dress // WLP & Gilded Gown // Bridesmaids Dresses // White Lace & Promises | Shoes //Antonio Melani | Tuxedos // Mens Warehouse | Paper Goods // Brent Rohen | DJ // Capitol Theater | Drinks // Pour Guys